Xilinx to Showcase Broadcast Applications at NAB 2008

Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced that its industry-leading programmable logic solutions for enabling broadcast applications will be showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference from April 14 through 17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Xilinx Demonstrations — Booth #SU9926
Xilinx will conduct live demonstrations of new solutions for video and audio connectivity, including: triple-rate support for SD/HD/3G-SDI, audio (de)embedding in HD-SDI, and video over IP; an advanced video development platform for PCI Express(R); and codec IP for JPEG2000, MPEG-2, and H.264/AVC. Private demonstrations of Xilinx(R) solutions can be scheduled by members of the media.

H.264 Main / High Profile Encoding and Decoding: 4i2i will demonstrate live encoding and decoding using the latest release H.264 encoder and decoder IP running on a single Virtex(R)-5 device. 4i2i’s H.264 decoder is designed to be a fully functional high profile decoder in a cost-effective, single-chip implementation. The decoder core is a fully pipelined dedicated video decompression engine that is fully H.264 high profile standard compliant. 4i2i’s IP portfolio has extended over time, keeping pace with video standards and the increased demands of the broadcast industry and now represents a scalable range of applications spanning baseline to high profile.

MPEG-2 4:2:2 Profile High-level Encoding and Decoding: 4i2i will also demonstrate the latest MPEG-2 encoder and decoder running on a single Virtex-5. 4i2i offers users the ability to scale their designs across a range of applications from main profile to 4:2:2 profile at high level within the same family of MPEG 2 codecs. 4i2i’s family of encoders are designed to deliver the highest possible video quality in cost-effective, single-chip implementations.

HD H.264 Main Profile Encoder: ATEME and Xilinx will demonstrate a PMC- based multi-channel SD or single-channel HD H.264 encoder platform using Virtex-5 FPGAs. ATEME’s encoder technology, combined with industry-leading Virtex-5 FPGAs, provides unmatched processing power and flexibility, enabling optimal compression efficiency and the best video quality for the most demanding broadcast applications.

FPGA-based codecs offer developers:

  • Massive parallel processing capability with sufficient headroom and processing power to enable video quality enhancements as algorithms
  • Flexibility for product differentiation, as well as a reconfigurable platform to address rapidly changing market needs

Advanced Video Development Platform (AVDP): Demonstration of PCI Express- compliant cards based on Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT and SXT FPGAs. Developed by OmniTek, the platform enables a standard PC to support professional broadcast quality video processing, capable of streaming uncompressed video to and from the PC via 3G-SDI, Dual Link HD-SDI, HD-SDI, SDI and DVB-ASI connectivity. The AVDP includes free source code IP for scaling, de-interlacing and combining video channels, as well as optimized and flexible interfaces to the embedded PCI Express core in the FPGA and high-speed external memory. The platform offers a quick, low-risk route from prototyping to production for any broadcast system design.

JPEG2000 HD and DCI Codecs: Barco’s new JPEG2000 encoder IP will be featured running on the AVDP. This demonstration will show compression of digital cinema and HD broadcast quality images using a single Virtex-5 FPGA on the AVDP and decompression using a single Virtex-4 FPGA on the Xilinx ML410 development platform. The JPEG2000 IP cores offer significant cost, performance and security advantages over typical codec ASSPs.

JPEG2000 HD and DCI Codecs: intoPIX will feature its new JPEG2000 encoder IP running on the AVDP. This demonstration will show compression of 2K and 4K images using a single Virtex-5 FPGA and decompression through the intoPIX decoder evaluation platform using a single Virtex-4 FPGA. Along with encryption and watermarking IP, the intoPIX JPEG2000 cores offer cost savings, higher performance and more security compared to ASSP-based designs.

Triple-Rate SDI Connectivity: Xilinx will demonstrate new triple-rate SDI reference designs supporting SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI on a single RocketIO(TM) pin. These designs are available free of charge in VHDL or Verilog source code to broadcast equipment manufacturers, enabling them to get to market quickly and easily adapt to 1080p60 standards as they become more broadly adopted. Also available are a wide range of new designs supporting SDI, HD-SDI, Dual Link HD-SDI, 3G-SDI Levels A & B, DVB-ASI, as well as conversion between standards. On the audio side, Xilinx offers reference designs for sample rate conversion at less than 130dB, AES interfaces, and new designs for embedding and de-embedding audio from HD-SDI streams. All of these enable the system architect to concentrate on the value-add portion of their design to deliver the features and benefits for end products that offer better differentiation.

Video over IP: Xilinx will demonstrate broadcast-quality video over IP connectivity by converting an ASI input to a gigabit Ethernet IP output with a Virtex-5 FPGA on the Xilinx ML505 development platform. A second ML505 development platform bridges from an IP input to ASI output. Each bridge is able to achieve full gigabit bandwidth on the IP link and handle up to eight channels of ASI. Packet recovery is demonstrated with the SMPTE 2002 (ProMPEG CoP3) FEC-compliant circuitry. This platform highlights a low risk and scalable FPGA solution for easily incorporating video over IP interfaces.

Xilinx Solutions: At the Heart of Innovation in Broadcast at NAB

  • 4i2i Communications, Ltd. — N3638
  • Algolith Inc. — N3414
  • ATEME — SU15505
  • Barco — C9745, SL3213, C11819C
  • Duma Video, Inc. — SU9630
  • Elecard Devices JSC — SU9930
  • intoPIX, s.a. — C11819G
  • OmniTek — SL11705

About Xilinx in Broadcast
Xilinx provides a wide array of solutions for the broadcast industry, ranging from video, audio and network connectivity, real-time HD video processing and high-speed DSP for transmission and modulation. In addition, Xilinx offers reference designs and IP cores as building blocks for developing complete broadcast systems.

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions.